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Definition of Privy


  1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse.
  2. Secret; clandestine.
  3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the public.
  4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly cognizant; privately knowing.
  5. A partaker; a person having an interest in any action or thing; one who has an interest in an estate created by another; a person having an interest derived from a contract or conveyance to which he is not himself a party. The term, in its proper sense, is distinguished from party.
  6. A necessary house or place; a backhouse.

Privy Quotations

Editing is not a part of the filmmaking process I've ever been privy to as an actress.
Vera Farmiga

I'm not privy to the English set-up, but at the academies in Ireland, there is a huge focus on the weights room as opposed to whether they can throw a 10-metre pass on the run. They should be rugby players becoming athletes, not athletes becoming rugby players.
Brian O'Driscoll

My father had an invisible job outside of the house; I didn't know what he did. But my kids were privy to the ups and downs of a writer's life.
Paul Theroux

Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
E. O. Wilson

I loved the Cure and Bauhaus and the Smiths. The people in my town weren't privy to that kind of music and I got abused. I discovered the microphone to get out some of that angst.
Fred Durst
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Privy Translations

privy in German is eingeweiht
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